Weekly Wrap-Up [2/18/18 – 2/24/18]

Weekly Wrap-Up of your favorite trending topics the week of February 18th-24th. TheOriginalChatman.com.

SPOILER ALERT: Most of these trending topics are about “Black Panther”!

Happy Sunday everybody! Who’s seen Black Panther? Better yet..the question I SHOULD be asking is who H A S N ‘ T seen Black Panther yet? Man ohhh man—this film is making a killing in the box office. I hope it does so for the rest of the year tbh. This entire wrap-up contains news about the movie, no spoilers or anything, so please enjoy what you see! #WakandaForever 

Sun. 2/18

1. Sylvester Stallone releases the movie poster for “Creed 2.”

  • Sylvester Stallone took to his Instagram (@officialslystone) to share a fan-made poster for the upcoming sequel to CreedCreed 2.
  • If you may recall, the original film follows the footsteps of Adonis Creed, the son of deceased boxer Apollo Creed— played by Michael B. Jordan. Check out the poster below!
  • According to IMDB, Adonis Creed will face Viktor Drago, the son of Rocky Balboa’s old nemesis, Ivan Drago.

Fight time …FANPOSTER!!! Not official #creed 2 #healthylifestyle #rockybalboa1976

A post shared by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on

[Source: ComplexIMDB]

Mon. 2/19

2. Lupita Nyong’o honors her Black Panther co-stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan by imitating their latest magazine cover photo shoots.

  • As Black Panther‘s box office success continues to break records, the one thing also growing with time is the bond between the film’s cast members.
  • Lupita Nyong’o paid homage to her Black Panther co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman as she re-created Michael’s GQ photo shoot and Chadwick’s photo shoot for Rolling Stone
  • Sidenote: Lupita….if you’re single, please don’t afraid to slide in my DMs on (@thechatmanjay/ @theoriginalchatman) Instagram. I promise I don’t bite!♥

Photo Credit: Vernon Francois (@vernonfrancois)

[Source: Twitter]

Tues. 2/20

3. Will Smith congratulates the cast of Black Panther in a celebratory Instagram video.

  • A co-sign from Will Smith must mean you out here killing the game!
  • Earlier this week, he took to Instagram to name drop and congratulate the entire cast of Black Panther—as the film deserves endless amounts of praise according to Smith.
  • Smith claims he was “damn near got brought to tears.” He adds on, “I’m proud and I’m excited, damn near giddy.” Feel free to check out Will Smith’s full-length heartfelt expression to the Black Panther cast below.

I want to share something that Nelson Mandela said to me. . He said, “With the type of fame that you have attained it is important when you encounter your fans that you — Reach Your Hand Out and let them Feel Your Flesh. You have to prove to them that you are REAL — because people can not aspire to anything they do not believe is Real.” . So I say to you, Congratulations! Enjoy this Transcendent Moment. Go into the streets… Touch them… Let them know that you are real! . @chadwickboseman, @michaelbjordan @lupitanyongo @letitiawright @danaigurira @danielkaluuya @im.angelabassett @andyserkis @winstoncduke @sterlingkbrown @rmorrison @therealstanlee @ludwiggoransson @iamruthecarter #blackpanther . With Pure Delight WILL 🙂

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[Source: People, Instagram (@willsmith)]

5. Ryan Coogler writes letter to fans of Black Panther.

Ryan Coogler
Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. Photo Credit to Jerod Harris/Getty Images.
  • As I mentioned earlier, a huuuuuge majority of this wrap-up is related to Black Panther. If you’ve made it this far without growing tired of me rambling on about the movie, I owe you big time!
  • Long story short, the brilliant director behind the movie, Ryan Coogler, penned an emotional letter to Black Panther fans and it just made every other negative thing in the world temporarily not matter. While the letter is a tad lengthy, Coogler basically expressed his gratitude while also admitting he didn’t expect the film to perform so well. The lesson here boys and girl is to NEVER underestimate yourself!

Here is the full letter from Coogler himself, posted from Marvel’s Instagram (@marvel):

I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try.

Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up [of] amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent.

Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film- But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters– often moved me and my wife to tears.

For the people who bought out theaters, who posted on social about how lit the film would be, bragged about our awesome cast, picked out outfits to wear, and who stood in line in theaters all over the world– all before seeing the film…

To the press who wrote about the film for folks who hadn’t yet seen it, and encouraged audiences to come out…

And to the young ones, who came out with their parents, with their mentors, and with their friends…

Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.


Ryan Coogler

P.S. Wakanda Forever 



Thurs. 2/22

6. Chris Tucker confirms a fourth installment of Rush Hour in the making?!

  • I’m here for it! 

[Source: Moviefone]

Fri.Sat. (2/23 and 2/24)

Photo Credit to Getty Images

7. According to multiple sources, mainly Snapchat, Kim Khardashian and Kanye West will appear on an episode of Celebrity Family Feud.

  • On Saturday, Kimye showed us a behind-the-scenes look of the iconic couple slated to appear on an episode of Celebrity Family Feud.
  • So much for that Jay quote, “Nobody wins when the family feuds…”!

[Source: XXL]

Thanks for keeping up with me and my weekly wrap-ups!



Marvel’s “Black Panther” (spoiler free) review! #WakandaForever

Check out TheOriginalChatman’s spoiler-free review of “Black Panther.”

 Check out TheOriginalChatman’s S P O I L E R. FREE. review below! 

As I left the theater earlier this evening, I heard the final words from some guy echo  behind me that Black Panther was “not too much” and “not too less.” Furthermore, he shared with his friend that the movie itself was “just right.” I’d be hard pressed to disagree.

Black Panther follows the events after the death of T’Chaka, leader to fictional African nation Wakanda. Wakanda disguises itself as a poor third-world country; however, within its secretive holographic barriers is a country more technologically advanced than the outside world. The country’s main resource, vibranium, is a metal that absorbs any kinetic energy vibrations into it. T’Challa, T’Chaka’s only son, follows lineage as the new Black Panther and new king to Wakanda, vowing to protect its land and people from outside sources.

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Photo Credit Marvel Studios

Within minutes of the film’s opening, you’ll notice that Wakanda is visually stunning to experience on the screen. It’s such a beautiful setting you’ll forget it doesn’t actually exist. Furthermore, Marvel and director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale StationCreed) bring a whole new light surrounding Africa. Hollywood typically has a tradition of undermining the overall cultural aesthetic of Africa, hugely ignoring its customs and other cultural elements. From the wardrobe the actors wear to traditional dances and rituals resembling real African traditions, Coogler pays homage to a place often overlooked by others. 

Aside from the visuals I gotta be honest and say….every. single. actor. DELIVERS! Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan‘s respective roles as T’Challa and Killmonger have ambitious motives. On one hand, T’Challa balances his duties as king as he deals with his own personal demons. On the other, Killmonger is quite possibly the first Marvel villain we feel sympathy for.

Let’s not forget the ladies also. Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o characters Oloye and Nakia are so badass that they damn near steal the show as members of T’Challa’s all-women security force, the Dora Milaje. Meanwhile Letitia Wright represents as Shuri, the tech-saavy teenage sister of T’Challa. These characters tell an important narrative, especially in the superhero genre. Black Panther provides an opportunity for the female cast members to shine outside of basic supporting roles or love interests.


Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

Finally, there’s two points that briefly need to addressed.

  1. Black children can feel powerful, positive reinforcement when they are properly represented on the big screen. Ryan Coogler and Marvel do an amazing job of accomplishing this feat with this movie.
  2. On the surface, Black Panther is a superhero film. Yet it also serves as a strategically-placed reminder—which isn’t too politicized, so no worries! —  of the sociopolitical problems underprivileged black people continue to face in the world today.

Thanks for reading TheOriginalChatman’s™ review of Black Panther! Feel free to drop a comment or two below. Don’t forget that it’s #WakandaForever. Until next time!




Weekly Wrap-Up [Feb. 5th-9th]

“I took a hiatus, now I’m back on you haters!” (Hov voice/Hov laugh)
Not a real Jay quote as far as I know. TheOriginalChatman.com!!

“I took a hiatus, now I’m back on you haters!” (Hov voice/Hov laugh)

P.S. Not a real Jay-Z quote, as far as I know. Anyways, check out the weekly wrap-up for the second week of February brought to you by TheOriginalChatman.

Mon. 2/5

1. Cozz’s new album Effected is on the way, so the Dreamville-affiliated rapper releases the album’s tracklist along with the release date.

  • While Top Dawg Entertainment (Kendrick Lamar, SZA) is tearing up the industry with its tours and imminent Hollywood takeover, the J.Cole-helmed label Dreamville is quietly making moves also.
  • Cozz’s new album Effected— a title paying homage to his first mixtape Cozz and Effect— will be available this Tuesday, February 13th. He’s already released two singles, “Badu” featuring Curren$y and “Ignorant Confidence.” Check out the album art below.

Source(s): Instagram (@cozz)/Twitter (@cody__macc)

2. Donald Glover appears in the first trailer for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

  • Donald Glover is constantly balancing duties between music, film, and television like it’s nothing. No biggie, to be honest!
  • Originally, a teaser dropped on SuperBowl Sunday with the full trailer available for fan enjoyment the following day.
  • While Glover’s Lando Calrissian character doesn’t do much speaking in the Solo trailer, it’s assumed Glover supporting role will be one for the ages. Here’s the full trailer for the film. What does everyone think of the film’s trailer?

Source: Pitchfork

Tues. 2/6

3. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s video for “All the Stars” continues to build anticipation for Marvel’s Black Panther.

  • Can we skip over other movies for the rest of 2018 and crown Black Panther as the best film of all time? No? Yes? Is my geek showing? I know the movie hasn’t been released yet, but my expectations are already out of this world!
  • Dave Meyers and The Little Homies (Meyers and Kendrick Lamar himself) blessed us with the official music video for “All The Stars”, the lead single from Black Panther The Album.
  • In the video, Kendrick and SZA are seen surrounded by literal black panthers, an aesthetic of bright colors and a biblical-like landscape similar to Wakanda, the fictional setting from Black Panther. Check out the visually stunning and wonderfully illustrated video below.

4. Bruno Mars proposes that the NFL take place in Atlanta next year, and that the half-time acts be prominent hip-hop artists from the past and present.

  • Taking one step ahead of everyone, Bruno Mars boldly proposes via Twitter that the 2019 SuperBowl honor hip-hop by allowing prominent artists of the city play the half-time show.
  • “NFL, you have the opportunity to celebrate incredible Hip Hop Artist from Atlanta next year. Outkast, T.I., Gucci, Lil Jon, Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri just to name a few. it would be the best party Tv has ever seen!”
  • While hip-hop has long transitioned into the mainstream, I find it hard to believe the NFL will allow any of Atlanta’s rap gatekeepers that Bruno tweeted about to actually be there. Not because they are sub-par as artists/performers, it’s just that hip-hop and the NFL seem like an unlikely partnership moving forward in already divisive political climate we live in.

Source: Billboard

Wed. 2/7

5. R&B/soul virtuoso Anderson .Paak promises a new album sometime this year!

  • It’s been two years since we’ve last received a solo project from Anderson .Paak.
  • According to .Paak, the album is in its mixing stages and will be released sometime this year, as he is still under the guidance of Dr. Dre and Aftermath Records.

Source: Fader

Thurs. 2/8

6. J.I.D. drops a music video for “EdEddnEddy” paying homage to the classic CartoonNetwork cartoon.

Fri. 2/9

7. “The Autobiography Of Gucci Mane” will be getting the movie treatment!

  • Gucci Mane’s life story will soon be known to casual and die-hard fans of Gucci!
  • Earlier this week, it was reported that the rights to The Autobiography of Gucci Mane were bought by Paramount Pictures.
  • Before the news was official, Gucci strongly suggested his book-turned-movie deal via Twitter.

Source: SPINThe Hollywood Reporter

Thanks for supporting me y’all! I have something special coming up soon, so be on the look out for that!



Weekly Wrap-up [Jan. 22nd-26th]

Check out the weekly wrap-up of the hottest trending topics for the fourth week of January–here at TheOriginalChatman.com!


Happy Sunday everyone! Welcome to TheOriginalChatman’s™  GRAMMYs Edition weekly wrap-up for the final week of January. In honor of the Grammys, I’ve hand-selected topics regarding two potential winners for tonight. 7:30 on CBS, don’t forget! Will you be watching? This past week, a lot of great talent has made power moves within and outside the music industry. Also, Top Dawg Entertainment (home to Kendrick Lamar and SZA among others) will be putting on a mega tour with all its artists! CAN WE ALL AGREE THAT THIS WILL BE THE TOUR OF A LIFETIME THOUGH!?

Mon. 1/22

1. Childish Gambino signs a deal with RCA Records.

Donald Glover
Photo Credit: Getty Images
  • Modern day renaissance man Donald Glover, better known to the world as Childish Gambino, has signed a new deal partnering up with RCA Records.
  • Glover left his long-term indie label Glassnote Records over creative differences between him and Glassnote stemming from his 2014 album, Because the Internet.
  • According to Billboard, Glover’s new music will be released sometime this year. (Sidenote: SZA is also signed to RCA Records. If they happen to do a collab record, I would be here for it all the way!)

Source: Billboard

Tues. 1/23

2. Complex’s Everyday Struggle web show started a new season and new co-host!

Photo Credit: Complex New
  • Exit stage right Joe Budden, and enter stage left Star!
  • Complex’s popular web series Everyday Struggle lost one-third of its Internet firepower when Joe Budden left the show amidst contract negotiations in late December.
  • The show still features Dj Akademiks as host, and Ndeska Alexis as moderator. Their new co-host is legendary New York radio personality Star of the Star and Bucwild Show.

Source: Revolt

Wed. 1/24

3. Quavo (of Atlanta rap trio Migos) announces his 6 favorite MCs list–and you’ll be surprised at the line-up.

Photo Credit: ShotByCones via DjBooth.net
  • Rap veteran journalist Touré of Rolling Stone magazine sat down with the Migos last month and penned a cover story you can check out here.
  • Touré asked Quavo for his top five list, and he took it a step further and named six.
  • Here’s the list in order: Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Eminem, Gucci Mane..and himself. Do you agree with the list, let alone ranking himself last?

Source(s): DjBooth, Rolling Stone

4. SZA appears in commercials for MasterCard and The Gap— all within one day!

  • SZA is making a name for herself with everything she touches. This week, the TDE songstress made an appearance in global ad campaigns for MasterCard and The Gap.
  • MasterCard uses her uniqueness to push the “Start Something Priceless” narrative, meanwhile The Gap celebrates their 50th anniversary alongside other cultural personalities including renowned producer Metro Boomin. Feel free to check out both ads  below.

Source: VibeComplex 

Thurs. 1/25

6.  Dreamville’s Cozz announces a new project releasing soon, titled Effected.  

Fri. 1/26

7. Apple will release a Animoji-related commercial for Donald Glover’s REDBONE duirng Grammy’s night.

Welp, that’s it! I’ll be back on Monday morning with a review of the 60th Academy Awards (the Grammys). Catch y’all next week!



Weekly Wrap-up [Jan 8th- Jan. 12th]

Trending topics from the week of January 8th-12th. Read more on TheOriginalChatman.com!



Happy Sunday! Two weeks into 2018..how’s everyone holdin’ up with their resolutions? Personally, I abandoned resolutions and decided to break them down into long-term and short-term goals to be accomplished throughout the year. Anyways, this week was lit! Check out the trending topics for the second week of January.

Mon. 1/8

1. Christian Combs will serve as the newest model for Dolce&Gabana.

  • Rapper Christian Combs — whose father is hip-hop mogul/ icon Diddy — adds another title to his resume. Christian inked a deal as the new face of luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabana. Combs had a previous relationship with the company modeling for them last summer and fall, so the deal with D&G naturally makes sense.
  • Christian shared the news on his Instagram.

Source: Page Six

                  2. Swedish retail company H&M has received criticism for its “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie—modeled by a young black child.

  • Taking notes from last year’s Pepsi advertising hiccups, retail giant H&M caught hell when they released an ad of a young black boy modeling a green hoodie that said, “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle.”
  • As a result of their blunder, artists The Weekend and G-Eazy have denounced their partnerships with the retail company due to its offensive ad.
  • H&M issued a statement apologizing for its ” unintentional casual racism” vowing to prevent it happening again in the future.

Source: USAToday

Image via H&M/Associated Press

Tues. 1/9

3. Kendrick Lamar reveals a sneak peek into his shoe deal with Nike. 

  • Kendrick Lamar teamed up for his first signature deal with Nike in the Cortez Kenny 1. K.Dot originally debuted the kicks on Monday’s CFP National Championship in Atlanta.
  • Sporting a white leather upper with red stitching and identical DAMN. branding, the Cortez Kenny 1 drops on January 26th, and retail price is $100. Will you be getting a pair?
Image via Kendrick Lamar’s Instagram (@kendricklamar)

4. Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, is currently the world’s richest man. He pays it forward literally in the best way possible!

  • Bezos donated $33 million  for college scholarships to ‘Dreamers’, a group of illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents.
  • The donation was made in his father’s name who fled Cuba at 15 and went to college in the US.

Source: AOL

Wed. 1/10

5. The Black Eyed Peas return with new music after a seven-year hiatus.

  • Their newest single, “Street Justice” is in the same vein as their 2003 big hit, “Where’s the Love”, and serves as an ode to several of America’s socioeconomic issues such as discrepancies in the school system, gun violence, and prison reform. 
  • Watch the video/purchase the single here.

Source: Okayplayer, LA Times, and Black Eyed Peas official site

Thurs/Fri. 1/11 – 1/12

  • Ryan Reynolds reveals the new release date of Deadpool 2 will be May 18th instead of June 1st.
According to Ryan Reynolds, the new release date for “Deadpool 2” is May 18th. The film was originally slated for a June 1st release. Image via Reynolds’ Instagram, @vancityreynolds
  • Top Dawg Entertainment pushed out another release from the soundtrack for Marvel’s Black Panther. The latest cut “King’s Dead” is by Jay Rock featuring Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake. Check it out here.
  • The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which also happened to be her 47th birthday too! 

That’s it for the second week of January! Thanks for tuning into TheOriginalChatman.com. Catch y’all next week!




Weekly Wrap-up [Jan 1st- Jan. 5th]

TheOriginalChatman covers trending topics that took the Internet by storm for the first week of January.

For 2018, I have big plans for TheOriginalChatman™ brand. I’ll slowly reveal them as the year goes on, so be on the lookout! Until then, I’ll be blogging as much as I can during the week. Whenever posts are absent during the week, I’ll be blogging what you’ll be reading shortly: TheOriginalChatman’s Weekly Wrap-up. Check out the trending topics for the first week of January.

TUES. 12/9

1. Justin Timberlake announces new album, Man Of The Woods.

  • JT is looking to make 2018 his year! Five years after his two-part album The 20/20 Project, his new album Man Of The Woods drops on February 2nd—which is two days short of this year’s Super Bowl.
  • In a promo clip for MOTW , Timberlake cites this as his most “earthy” album ever as he runs thru snow-covered forests. Production is from superproducers Timbaland and The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo).

Source: Billboard

2. Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” has been renewed for a second season.

Photo Credit: David Lee/Netflix
  • Spike Lee’s 1986 breakthrough film, She’s Gotta Have It (which chronicles a Brooklyn artist as she tries to juggle relationships with three different men), got the Netflix original series treatment over the Thanksgiving break. The first season aired on the popular streaming service with ten episodes.
  • Season two–which will be produced by Lee and his wife Tonya–will be two episodes shy of it’s ten-episode original season.

Source: Variety

3. Cardi B is the third artist in history to have her first 3 songs simultaneously inside Billboard Hot 100.

  • The Love & Hip Hop: New York reality TV star turned rapper keeps on winning!
  • “No Limit”, “Motorsport” and “Bodak Yellow” hit Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at numbers 4, 7, and 10, respectively. Cardi shared the news on her Instagram page.
  • Essence Ventures, LLC acquired Essence Communications from Time, Inc. which means that…
  • Essence Magazine has returned to being a fully black-owned company again!

Source: The Grio

THURS – SATURDAY [1/11 to 1/13]

  • Donald Glover’s FX comedy series Atlanta will be back for season 2 on March 1st. He also welcomed his second child this weekend also.

Source: Variety

Photo Credit: Courtesy of FX network
  • Kendrick Lamar and the TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment) camp will curate the soundtrack to Marvel’s Black Panther film which premieres on February 16th. 
  • Listen to the first track off the album called “All the Stars” featuring Kendrick and label mate SZA below.

Source: Stereogum

That’s it for the first week of January! Of course there were other prominent stories, but the these were the ones that stood out the most to me. Catch y’all next week!

– TheOriginalChatman™ –


Beyoncé, Eminem, The Weeknd, Travis Scott and more to headline Coachella and Governor’s Ball 2018

Three days into 2018, Coachella and Governor’s Ball have released their 2018 artists line-ups. Are y’all excited or could you care less?

Happy New Year everyone! Three days into 2018, and two big name music festivals have released their artist line-ups for their spring and summer shows. Music festivals come and go, but two of the greatest festivals out there are Coachella and Governor’s Ball.

Last year, she was pregnant with twins. This year she’s one of three major Coachella headliners. Beyoncé is back like she never left. Fresh off the heels of his latest album RevivalEminem will headline The Governor’s Ball in addition to Coachella. The Weeknd will also join forces with Em and Bey at Coachella’s Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Mark your calendars for April 13-15 and April 20-22. Check the full line-up below.

Image via Twitter (@coachella)

Returning to Randall’s Island Park in New York City, The Governors Ball Music Festival will be June 1st-3rd. Travis Scott is headlining while other notable artists include N.E.R.D.2 Chainz,DRAM, BROCKHAMPTON, Khalid, and several others. The poster below details more Governor’s Ball artists. What does everyone think of the line-ups for both festivals? Let me know in the comments below!